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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,609Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 61 out of 2035

$800K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 92 out of 2035

489 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
65%Patients 65 Years and Older
92% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in Michigan
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 489 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 489 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 11,709 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of
this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Michigan
SIMVASTATIN 570 485 1 1
LISINOPRIL 473 413 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 461 403 3 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 413 306 4 4
METFORMIN HCL ER 368 297 5 78
ATENOLOL 364 319 6 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 319 251 7 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 317 148 S3 8 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 257 221 9 18
FUROSEMIDE 248 202 10 7
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 234 228 11 27
CRESTOR 233 219 12 41
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 212 183 13 8
TAMSULOSIN HCL 209 182 14 25
METFORMIN HCL 195 149 15 9
MELOXICAM 188 159 16 56
RANITIDINE HCL 185 140 17 28
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 182 140 18 13
AZITHROMYCIN 177 128 19 39
NEXIUM 173 145 20 51
PROMETHAZINE HCL 172 114 R 21 106
GLIMEPIRIDE 169 155 22 55
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 164 155 23 16
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 160 134 24 179
OXYCODONE HCL 156 50 S2 25 62
CELEBREX 154 154 26 104
CLOPIDOGREL 153 151 27 30
CLONIDINE HCL 148 128 28 61
ADVAIR DISKUS 141 121 29 38
EVISTA 140 140 30 136
TRAMADOL HCL 135 125 31 19
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 135 117 31 26
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 134 108 33 32
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 133 124 34 15
IBUPROFEN 129 94 35 43
WARFARIN SODIUM 129 120 35 11
SINGLE USE SWAB 127 117 37 163
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 116 109 38 48
ALLOPURINOL 113 97 39 34
SPIRIVA 113 87 39 44
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 112 106 41 35
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 110 80 42 21
LEVOFLOXACIN 108 76 43 99
DONEPEZIL HCL 101 98 44 24
SINGULAIR 100 67 45 119
CARVEDILOL 96 67 46 22
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 95 83 47 47
PLAVIX 95 86 47 49
DIOVAN HCT 95 71 47 126
SERTRALINE HCL 91 67 50 23
JANUVIA 91 90 50 85
PREDNISONE 84 54 52 36
NIFEDIPINE ER 76 74 53 98
PROAIR HFA 76 52 53 31
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 74 53 55 187
LIPITOR 74 61 55 134
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 69 42 57 29
ROPINIROLE HCL 68 57 58 113
METOLAZONE 67 55 59 162
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 67 67 59 117
HYDRALAZINE HCL 65 54 61 45
KETOCONAZOLE 62 52 62 215
GABAPENTIN 62 50 62 14
CARISOPRODOL 60 11 R 64 57
PROCTOSOL-HC 60 45 64 222
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 60 49 64 17
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 59 39 67 246
LANTUS 58 44 68 40
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 44 69 12
NIASPAN 54 32 70 165
DIGOXIN 54 53 70 67
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 53 40 72 255
NAMENDA 52 46 73 37
LYRICA 52 45 73 89
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 52 52 73 471
AVODART 51 47 76 225
ACTOS 51 37 76 124
DIOVAN 50 44 78 76
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on May 5, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.